Theory on West explosion event revealed

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The theory will be unveiled at a Chemical Hazard and Safety Investigation Board meeting in West next week.

A new theory about the chain of events that led to the explosion in West is revealed.

WEST, TX (KCEN) - After a year of hard work, a new theory about the chain of events that led to the devastating explosion in West is revealed.

It will be unveiled at a Chemical Hazard and Safety Investigation Board meeting in West next week.

The goal of the public meeting is to help residents better understand what happened the day of the explosion.

Several people from local emergency response teams are also invited to share their insight.

Kurt Kosted is a chemist and engineer with family ties to West and will present his theory for the series of three blasts.

He came up with it using cell phone footage and first-hand accounts from firefighters.

Though the cause of the initial fire is still a mystery, Kosted believes wind was the real culprit that day, carrying smoke from that ammonium nitrate fire up to power lines.

He says the high voltage transmission lines arced and that the smoke actually became so chemically and electronically charged that the smoke itself exploded causing the first explosion.

Kosted believes the smoke heated to thousands of degrees, then traced back to the ammonium nitrate fire causing it to explode.

He says that during that blast, a piece of debris struck another tank, exposing it's contents and causing the third explosion.

Kosted hopes his work proves to everyone that the firefighters inside and out knew what they were up against and what they were doing.

Kosted and others will explain more at that meeting in West Tuesday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Southside Community Center.

The location is 205 Tokio Rd, West, TX 76691.


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